Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Malawi
|Publisher||Child Soldiers International|
|Cite as||Child Soldiers International, Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Malawi, 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/498805e439.html [accessed 27 April 2015]|
REPUBLIC OF MALAWI
Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.
– total: 10,640,000
– under-18s: 5,738,000
- Government armed forces:
– active: 5,000
– paramilitary: 1,000
- Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
- Voluntary recruitment age: 18
- Voting age in government elections: 18
- Child soldiers: none indicated
- CRC-OP-CAC: signed on 7 September 2000; supports "straight-18" position
- Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II; ILO 182
- There are no indications of under-18s in government armed forces.
National Recruitment Legislation and Practice
In time of public emergency, the National Service Act provides that every citizen between the ages of 18 and 60 may be called for national service. Recruitment into the armed forces is currently on a voluntary basis and the minimum age is 18.1176
Malawi signed the CRC-OP-CAC on 7 September 2000 and supports a "straight-18" position.
1176 Horeman and Stolwijk op. cit.